Friday, March 5, 2010Poetry reading by Alan Bernheimer, The Spoonlight Institute (Adventures in Poetry/Zephyr Press 10/2009), and Stephanie Young. Picture Palace (ingirumimusnocteet comsumimurigni 8/2008), Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary & Garden Arts, 2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, 7:30 (510-704-8222, wwwmrsdalloways.com)
Bay Area poet Alan Bernheimer was born and raised in New York City and graduated in 1970 from Yale University where he studied with New York poets Ted Berrigan, Peter Schjeldahl, and Bill Berkson. In 1976 he moved to San Francisco and spent time with other young writers such as Rae Armantrout, Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian, Bob Perelman, Kit Robinson, Ron Silliman, and Barrett Watten—a group who would soon become known as the San Francisco Language Poets. Bernheimer also wrote and performed for Poets Theater and produced and hosted In the American Tree, a radio program of new writing by poets on KPFA. The Spoonlight Institute includes new and brief selections from his first two books, Billionesque (Figures 01/1999) and the play Particle Arms, produced by the San Francisco Poets Theater in the early ‘80s.
Stephanie Young’s books of poetry are Picture Palace (in girum imus nocte et consumimur igni, 2008) and Telling the Future Off (Tougher Disguises, 2005). She edited Bay Poetics (Faux Press, 2006) and is co-founder and managing editor of the website Deep Oakland. Stephanie lives and works in Oakland.